Prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now

It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem. Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave and includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being; and so, at Specsavers we believe that looking after people’s mental health is just as important as physical health.  In our business we’re building a culture where people can speak out about mental health concerns and reach out for help where needed. 

In the last 12 months we have trained teams of volunteers to be Mental Health first aiders who after attending an MHFA two-day course can:  

– Understand the important factors affecting mental ill health 

– Identify the signs and symptoms for a range of mental health conditions 

– Listen non-judgmentally and hold supportive conversations using the MHFA action plan 

– Signpost people to professional help, recognising that their role as a Mental Health First Aider does not replace the need for ongoing support 

 Mary Jane Alexander, Head of Reward & Policy, who looks after our well-being offer says: 

At Specsavers we care about the health and well-being of our people. 

We recognise that our people being physically and mentally healthy isn’t just a nice to have, it contributes significantly to our performance and business success. 

As well as a great range of benefits, we have trained mental health first aiders supporting our UK and Guernsey support office people. They are a non-judgemental, confidential, trained listening ear who can sign post appropriate professional support to those who need it and, if needed, take the right action for those in crisis. 

In addition, we have created on-line practical tools and workshops available to all colleagues to help maintain positive mental and physical health and well-being. These tools and workshops have helped hundreds of our colleagues, generating really positive feedback.    

At Specsavers we are passionate about supporting our people to be the best they can be! 

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